How You Can Tour the Downton Abbey Estate

Even for the non dowry-bound of the world, the hit PBS series Downton Abbey still stuns, thanks in no small part to the brilliant performances and picturesque setting of the estate. Now, because of the meteoric rise of the series, has announced its 2013 departure dates for the company’s “Downton Abbey Location Tours.”

Tours — the estate was actually dubbed Highclere Castle and is inhabited by the current Countess of Carnarvon (her predecessor, Lady Almina, was the real-life counterpart to the series’ Lady Mary Crawley, as chronicled in the Countess’s book Lady Almina And The Real Downton Abbey) — will allow fans of television and history alike to get up close and personal with some of the show’s most recognizable settings. The grand staircase, entrance hall, two-century-old book collection and extensive grounds are all included in the tour package.

Dates for 2013 run are still available, but with the 2012 edition being a massive hit and the show’s third season in full swing, we wouldn’t be surprised if they, like poor Mr. Pamuk on the series, go quickly.

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